By Thomas Lawrence Connelly
More than a century after Appomattox, the Civil warfare and the assumption of the "Lost reason" stay on the middle of the southern brain. God and normal Longstreet lines the patience and the transformation of the misplaced reason from the 1st iteration of former Confederates to newer occasions, whilst the misplaced reason has persisted to suffer within the dedication of southerners to their nearby culture.
Southern writers from the accomplice interval during the southern renascence and into the Seventies fostered the misplaced reason, growing a picture of the South that was once instantaneously romantic and tragic. by means of studying the paintings of those writers, Thomas Connelly and Barbara Bellows clarify why the country embraced this photo and description the evolution of the misplaced reason mentality from its origins within the South's quit to its position in a century�long nationwide expression of defeat that prolonged from 1865 throughout the Vietnam conflict. As Connelly and Bellows exhibit, the misplaced reason was once a awareness of mortality in an American global striving for perfection, an admission of failure juxtaposed opposed to a countrywide religion in success.
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One cannot appreciate fully the influence of these writers on southern letters without understanding two important matters. First, the Inner Lost Cause boasted a high degree of organization that gave both strength and endurance. This literary surge, which spoke for the southern mood, was far more than the lonely efforts of bitter former politicians and generals who whiled away the years after Appomattox penning angry diatribes. Instead, the Inner Lost Cause marshaled the resources of numerous magazines, organizations, and even pulpits.
These were the people who manned the veterans' organizations, former Rebel generals, such as Beauregard and Joseph Johnston, who more often than not fought among themselves as they gave reasons for Yankee defeat. One cannot appreciate fully the influence of these writers on southern letters without understanding two important matters. First, the Inner Lost Cause boasted a high degree of organization that gave both strength and endurance. This literary surge, which spoke for the southern mood, was far more than the lonely efforts of bitter former politicians and generals who whiled away the years after Appomattox penning angry diatribes.
But unlike the standard Calvinist faith, the southern version, born out of frontier individualism, made man the prime Page 18 agent of his own salvation. In effect, the religion of the Lost Cause generation was man-centered. The southern concept of the Trinity was not the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but God, man, and Satan. Man was a battleground between good and evil, and he alone controlled his final destiny. Once man accepted Christ and was saved, he was no longer estranged from the Almighty.
God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind by Thomas Lawrence Connelly